Tribal Juvenile Justice Outdated; News Roundup

Juvenile Justice Reform

  • Big Difference Between Juvenile, Adult Courts (
    If the teenager accused of stabbing to death her 11-year-old half-sister is charged as a juvenile and eventually found guilty, she could serve as little as seven years in detention. If she's charged with murder as an adult and convicted, she could serve as many as 60. That's just one of the differences in how the rules can differ for young people accused of serious crimes.
  • Tribal Juvenile Justice Outdated (
    Although Native Americans make up little more than 1 percent of the nation’s population, a 10-year study found that at any given time, 43 percent to 60 percent of juveniles held in federal custody were Native Americans, a wildly disproportionate number.
  • Center for Health Program Management Announces Implementation of $4.5 Million Initiative to Transform California's Juvenile Justice Systems (
    he Center for Health Program Management, and funding partners Sierra Health Foundation, The California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation announced that $1.6 million in grant funding has been awarded to four counties to implement an innovative approach to juvenile justice reform known as the Positive Youth Justice Initiative.

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Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health

  • Helping Encourage Conversation About Mental Health (
    Mental health is still, in this day and age, a difficult conversation. It shouldn't be – but on an issue where stigma and discrimination persist, people would simply rather not talk about it. This is not good news when you consider that at least one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life.
  • Toronto High School Reduces Teen Stress with Yoga, Meditation, Compassionate Staff (
    Lunchtime yoga and meditation sessions have made a difference, as have “mindful” moments at the start of classes — as well as the teachers who are compassionate when students need help. But there’s one basic to all the mental health initiatives at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, says principal Barrie Sketchley.
  • $2.25M Grant to Help New Hampshire Substance Abuse Screening (
    The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation plans to use a $2.25 million grant to help with a new substance abuse screening program for young adults. The Hilton Foundation grant will enable the Charitable Foundation, in partnership with selected nonprofit hospitals, primary care and community health practices, to expand use of the screening program to people between the ages 12 and 22 with the goal of stopping substance use before it starts.

juvenile-justice-system_David-BackesDavid Backes writes the Friday news roundup for Reclaiming Futures and contributes articles about juvenile justice reform and adolescent substance abuse treatment to He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Santa Clara University. David works as an account executive for Prichard Communications.

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Updated: January 31 2014